Two junior AFM Officers graduate from 15-month course in Ireland

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Two junior AFM Officers graduate from 15-month course in IrelandTwo junior officers from the Armed Forces of Malta have just returned back from Ireland after successfully completing a 15-month course at the Irish Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, located in Kildare.

Second Lieutenant Farrugia and Officer Cadet Busuttil formed part of the 89th Cadet Class, of which 21 Irish and two Maltese. The course was aimed at transforming the cadets from civilians into military leaders of character and competence and instil in them military values.

The cadets’ leadership skills where continuously assessed through numerous military tactical exercises, at section and platoon level, urban warfare, counter insurgency and Internal security scenarios. It also involved instruction on a wide variety of weapon systems, from the Steyr Rifle to the SRAAW and hand grenade.

The course also consisted in navigation skills using the traditional map and compass, chemical, biological and nuclear warfare, First Aid course, Physical training leaders’ course, basic engineering skills on mines and minefields, IEDs, trenches, construction of wire defences and various methods of crossing rivers.

Moreover, a survival skills course was held which culminated in a 4 day survival exercise on Bere Island. Together with their colleagues of the 89th Cadet Class, they also participated in the International Military Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France.

Throughout the fifteen months, the cadets furthered their academic studies in Economics, Politics, Leadership, Irish History and war studies as part of the Diploma in Leadership, Management and Defence studies with the University of NUI Maynooth. In addition they studied counter insurgency, range management, military law and methods of instruction which provided them the required skillset needed to instruct within the defence forces.

Both Maltese AFM candidates achieved exceptional results with Second Lieutenant A Farrugia placing second amongst the class and Officer Cadet Busuttil C placing ninth.

Photographs – Armed Forces of Malta.

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